Definition of freak in English:

freak

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Pronunciation: /friːk
 
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noun

1A very unusual and unexpected event or situation: the teacher says the accident was a total freak [as modifier]: a freak storm
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  • The Aral Sea and the tragic plight of its people is not a freak isolated event, but a crisis that's just slightly ahead of its time.
  • Droughts, heat waves, floods, storms and freak weather events have already killed countless thousands of people worldwide and affected thousands more.
  • Now these recent weather conditions are by no means a freak event, and if salmon farms cannot prevent their fish escaping into the wild then the licence to farm should be withdrawn.
Synonyms
fluke, anomaly, aberration, rogue, rarity, quirk, oddity, unusual occurrence, peculiar turn of events, twist of fate; chance, coincidence, hazard, accident, mistakeunusual, anomalous, atypical, untypical, unrepresentative, abnormal, aberrant, irregular, fluky, exceptional, unparalleled, unaccountable, bizarre, queer, peculiar, odd, freakish; unpredictable, unforeseeable, unexpected, unanticipated, surprise, surprising; rare, singular, isolated
2 (also freak of nature) A person, animal, or plant with an unusual physical abnormality: a few freaks have been discovered, one amazing cat tipping the scales at no less than 43 lbs [as modifier]: a freak red cabbage with side shoots coming from the leaves
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  • He was foaled in Indiana, was a mere freak of nature, and withal a very curious looking animal.
  • Abi, being a freak of nature, still has sensation even after doses of epidural that would fell a rhinoceros.
  • A freak of nature, tests had shown he was immune to the TB virus - probably because not even a starving rat would bite him - and he went through adolescence with upper right arm intact.
Synonyms
aberration, abnormality, irregularity, oddity, monster, monstrosity, malformation, mutant; freak of nature
2.1 informal A person regarded as strange because of their unusual appearance or behaviour: her books offer us the independent girl as something of a freak
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  • Living and working in London you become accustomed to freaks, weirdos and nutters wandering about doing their own thing and occasionally dragging normal people into random conversations.
  • Instead, the documentary comes off as a portrait of a freak with some strange obsessions he's been able to make into a university career.
  • They say it takes all types to make up the world… but if you ask me, there are some strange freaks that we could do without.
Synonyms
oddity, eccentric, eccentric person, peculiar person, strange person, unorthodox person, individualist, free spirit, maverick, misfit; crank, lunatic
informal queer fish, oddball, weirdo, weirdie, nutcase, nut, nutter
British informal odd bod
North American informal wacko, screwball, kook
US informal wackadoo, wackadoodle
informal , dated case
3 [with modifier] informal A person who is obsessed with a particular activity or interest: a fitness freak
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  • It transpires that cross-country skiing is an earnest activity for fitness freaks, something joggers can do in the snow.
  • Set to address the needs and demands of the fitness freaks, the aesthetically designed and well equipped gym boasts of the best facilities in the City.
  • This is all very well if you are a dedicated fitness freak or yoga girl, but for the majority of us this look simply doesn't work.
3.1 [usually with modifier] A person addicted to a particular drug: the twins were cocaine freaks
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  • We weren't these cocaine freaks who partied all the time; that wasn't what our relationship was all about.
  • So, even if you weren't an LSD freak, you had to be careful about the sensitivity of the LSD freak next to you.
  • Now, maybe it's me, but the only people I know who would take that risk are meth freaks or SAS / Delta troopers.
4 archaic A sudden arbitrary change of mind; a whim: follow this way or that, as the freak takes you
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  • Webster's perennial dictionary defines fad as a hobby, freak, or a whim.

verb

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1 informal Behave or cause to behave in a wild and irrational way, typically because of the effects of extreme emotion or drugs: [no object]: he freaked out and smashed the place up [with object]: what he’d said had really freaked her out
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  • And I suspect perhaps there are many idiots out there who enjoy seeing innocent people like me get freaked out on a plane trip.
  • Initially, I agreed and everything was going great until she freaked out on me and started telling me that she was still in love with me.
  • I've freaked out on everyone in every band on every tour I've been in.
Synonyms
go crazy, go mad, go out of one's mind, go to pieces, crack, snap, lose control, lose one's self-control, lose control of the situation, act wildly; panic, get worked up, get hysterical
informal lose it, crack up, lose one's cool, go bananas, blow one's top, fly off the handle
British informal go crackers, throw a wobbly
North American informal blow one's stack
2 [with object] archaic Fleck or streak randomly: the white pink and the pansy freaked with jet

Origin

mid 16th century (in sense 4 of the noun): probably from a dialect word.

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